11 people killed in suspected ADF rebel attack in DR Congo

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A soldier of the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) takes cover during exchanges of fire with members of the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) in Opira, North Kivu, on January 25, 2018. © AFP - ALAIN WANDIMOYI

At least 11 people were killed on Thursday night in an attack by suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in a shopping mall in northeastern Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to local security sources.

FILE PHOTO: A soldier of the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) takes cover during exchanges of fire with members of the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) in Opira, North Kivu. /AFP

The ADF rebels attacked the Komanda shopping mall and its surroundings in the night and fired several shots.

Several residential houses and commercial buildings were also set on fire by the rebels during the attack. Security sources in the area said the DR Congo’s army launched a counteroffensive to repel the rebels who retreated into the forest nearby.

Sweeping operations of the armed forces supported by elements of the UN mission in the DR Congo are underway, according to the army spokesman in Ituri, Jules Ngongo, who added that hundreds of people have fled the city of Komanda to take refuge in the surrounding villages after the attack.

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